Pests 2018-03-17T23:31:18+00:00


General Pests

Pest can be insects and diseases that have become so numeral or so destructive that they are threatening the health of our plants, our yards or even our environment.

Opportunistic Pest

Some plant species are  more prone to pest than others, but also if a plant is in the wrong spot, or didn’t develop well, it will be more susceptible to pests. If you feel a plant suffers from general malaise, move the plant to a more suitable place or replace the plant with a more resilient species. Pests also respond to the opportunity created by weakened, exotic species. That is why, for example, grubs in lawns are a real problem in the USA, but not in the countries where the turfgrass in native and healthier.

If you plant hostas you are inviting slugs

Many rose hybrids are susceptible to pests

Insects can look like pests even if the do no damage

Grubs enjoy their lives under exotic turfgrass

Don’t give termites an opportunity close to the home

Occasional Pest

Sometimes garden pests are an occasional problem, most often caused by occasional climate events, like a temporary drought or an unusual wet season. Although we generally don’t advise to use pesticides, in this situation, when you think your plant might die from the infestation, you should use one. Try  natural remedies first. Pests that have been occasional pests for thousands of years might become structural pests as an effect of climate change, in that case pesticides will not be enough, and you should consider to replace the affected species in the yard.

Mosquitos thrive in warm humid weather

Spider Mites like dry warm weather

A dry spring helps the promotion of Gypsy moths

Aphids enjoy rainfall with plenty of new growth

Tent Caterpillar become pest in dryer, warmer conditions

Structural Pests

Structural pest are pest that return year after year and for which we have no real solutions. These pest mainly occur because there is an imbalance in our environment. Many landscapers offer seasonal pesticide applications for these types of pest. But these applications don’t solve anything. In fact they make the problem worse.With the evolving climate change more resilient insects will survive the more vulnerable insects. Pesticides speed up this process, and help to weaken already weakened insect species. Insect numbers have almost dropped almost 80%, meanwhile insect pests have become more common. The solution of this problem lays in the restoration of our environment and the fight against climate change. As a landscaper the best way to mitigate these pests is by creating a healthy habitat and by inviting predator insects and insect eating birds in the yard.

Mealy Bug

Scarab Beetles

‘Stink Bugs’

White Fly


Invasive Pests

With invasive pest we refer to exotic insects that were introduced into our environment and, because they have no evolutionary predators, have been able to spread without control. These invasive pest can cause whole tree species to become endangered, and whole harvests to be damaged. Invasive pests  are a global problem that has international attention.

Asian Long Horned Beetle

Marmorated Stink Bug

Emerald Ash Borer

European Gypsy Moth

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid